Zara Holland Avoids Jail But Gets £4,000 Fine For Breaking Barbados' Covid Laws
Zara Holland has avoided prison after she attempted to flee Barbados with her boyfriend, who had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Instead of jail, the former Love Island star was handed a £4,417 fine as she pleaded guilty at District A Magistrates Court in St Thomas.
Holland, 25, and her boyfriend, Elliot Love, were intercepted at the airport as they tried to swerve quarantine and make it back to the UK.
According to the Royal Barbados Police Force: "The accused arrived on the island on Sunday, December 27th, 2020 and was tested for the Coronavirus on December 28th, 2020 and reportedly instructed to remain at the Sugar Bay Hotel, Hastings, Christ Church until the results were known.
"On Tuesday December 29th 2020 Personnel from the Covid-19 Unit visited the hotel and discovered that Zara Holland had left without permission.
"She was intercepted at the Grantley Adams International Airport attempting to leave the island.
"On Saturday January 2, 2021, Zara Holland presented herself to Hastings/Worthing Police Station accompanied by an Attorney at law, she was served with a summons in respect of the mentioned offence."
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According to the Mirror, Zara and Elliot were given red wristbands and told to remain in their room at the £300 a night Sugar Bay Hotel until they could be taken to an isolation centre in the north of the popular holiday destination.
But instead they booked a British Airways flight and headed to the airport in a bid to leave the Caribbean.
After the news was reported, Zara issued an apology to Barbados after what she called a 'misunderstanding'.
She went on: "I am currently working closely with the local authorities to rectify any issues on my part and will issue an update and full statement which I think is the only right thing to do to the Government and citizens of Barbados.
"I have been a guest of this lovely island in excess of 20 years and would never do anything to jeopardise an entire nation that I have nothing but loved and respect for and which has treated me as a family."
Just last week, a Magistrate in Barbados jailed a tourist for six months after he broke quarantine regulations to go and 'buy Fanta'.
Dean George Scott, 49, admitted to going buying snacks when he appeared in court and Magistrate, Ian Weekes, handed him the jail term to serve as a 'clear warning' to others.
Weekes said: "I got to send a message to you and to all the other people that this cannot be tolerated. We have made too much gain, so you have to do six months. Walking out of quarantine no man, this cannot be allowed."
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